Jump to content

The new news 24 thread


Father Ted

Recommended Posts

I looked at my A4 Avant the other day and thought it wasn't sitting quite right, however it was parked on uneven ground and didn't think any more of it - until this morning.

I emptied some work gear out of the back and set off to collect the BX seats from DavidB, only for a clunking noise to be evident. Managed to get a look underneath and I have not one, but two broken rear springs. The annoyance is that I fitted a pair of genuine new rear springs in November 2018 after the LH side let go in Wales, this time I will go with a known good aftermarket brand such as Bilstein (£60 cheaper per side). I will also take the opportunity to replace the upper damper mounts and dust covers.

a4Capture.JPG.910b86b9dffd85f9671ed3d3b25a57f8.JPG

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well I don't feel ashamed any more about not tackling the timing belt on the Cav myself.

Dropped it off at the garage this morning to have it done and it won't be ready today as it took them 2 hours just to get one of the 4 crank pulley bolts off. Its off now but won't be ready until tomorrow.

This car is continuing to fight anyone who goes near it with good intentions.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, bunglebus said:

What a fun day I've had. Busy doing the exhaust on the Lupo and remember I need a clamp. Just getting tidied up and postie turns up with a new memory card for my dashcam (old one has gone phut). In between dashing in and out of the house to open the package and fit it in the camera, I realise I've locked myself out. No-one else is in, don't have a number for the Mrs's sister in law who has a spare key and Mrs is in another county. Shit. 

Climbed over the outhouse via the bins, nothing else unlocked. Find a large stick in the back garden to put through the letterbox. Climb over outhouse again - letterbox is too small to get my hands through. I need a bit of stiff plastic to slide around the door frame but the plastic recycling went yesterday. Tried flattening a section from a drink can and manage to get it around the door but just can't get it to push the catch in. Bugger.

Notice a forlorn shower jel bottle in the kerb that the binmen have dropped, used the lid off a cat food can as a knife and cut a flat section out of it. Got it around the frame, bit of jiggery pokery and SUCCESS! I'm in. Only cut myself once...  

image.png.0c5fa2d50f66451ae65d4184bf4ee9e3.png

I helped a friend break into his house in similar circumstances, his dad with the spare was away and the missus out for the night. 

I did ask if he had his wallet in him to explain to any passing constable wondered wtf 2 scruffy looking blokes were doing with their arm in a letterbox of a random house... I kept the bit of wood we carved to pop the latch with a hammer and screwdriver in the shed incase we need it in the future 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Siemens technician came along today and condemned the washing machine with both failed bearings and a borked motor. Handily explains the nuicance RCD tripping we had recently. The bearings I knew about, but the machine still worked so what the hey. For being used nearly every day for 11 years straight, I'd say it's done well. I doubt the secondhand machine or the insurer's replacement machine will last 2/3 of tht time in the same conditions.

Depending on what happens when the new machine arrives, one of the cars may have to transport a big heavy white box in the back to the local tip.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just now, SRi05 said:

I wish I lived in London purely to vote for Binface

Believe me, he's the only fresh thing on the menu here. All the others are beyond the pale, especially the Green and the Animal Rights candidates.

Shaun Bailey tries hard, but presents like one of those charismatic Christian preachers - y'know, the ones that elicit considerable donations from their congregations and then live in the lap of luxury....

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Fumbler said:

Depending on what happens when the new machine arrives, one of the cars may have to transport a big heavy white box in the back to the local tip.

is it a universal Brushed Motor?

if so would be rude not to hook power up directly to the Brushes via a variac and send it out in flaming glory with commutator bars flying everywhere

Photonicinduction/Aussie50 Style :) 

 

(have never done it myself but I want to at some point, just need a suitable motor to sacrifice LOL )

 

you could also before blowing the motor up, go full Aussie50 if you have the space to do so and remove the counter weights, and chuck crap into the drum to send into a full "real life physics engine malfunction" :)

 

ahh memories

 

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 minute ago, LightBulbFun said:

is it a universal Brushed Motor?

if so would be rude not to hook power up directly to the Brushes via a variac and send it out in flaming glory with commutator bars flying everywhere

Yeh it's a universal motor alright. I'd be tempted to run it as a suicide motor but there's a short to earth and I don't have the equipment to trace where that is. The machine itself is incredibly heavy for what it is. The insurers will probably also want it as a complete unit as well, not a mangled shell with a binbag full of plastic and circuit boards.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, Fumbler said:

Siemens technician came along today and condemned the washing machine with both failed bearings and a borked motor. Handily explains the nuicance RCD tripping we had recently. The bearings I knew about, but the machine still worked so what the hey. For being used nearly every day for 11 years straight, I'd say it's done well. I doubt the secondhand machine or the insurer's replacement machine will last 2/3 of tht time in the same conditions.

Depending on what happens when the new machine arrives, one of the cars may have to transport a big heavy white box in the back to the local tip.

Buy one from John Lewis and they will take the old one away ( for a fee though ).

Link to comment
Share on other sites

5 minutes ago, richardmorris said:

Buy one from John Lewis and they will take the old one away ( for a fee though ).

As the machine was insured by my grandparents, we thought it prudent to go the insurance route. They send a teccie from the manufacturer, teccie pronounces the machine dead or repairable and reports to the insurers. Insurers replace and take away for free.

We bought a (very affordable) second hand 2013 AEG for the interim because we could be looking at several weeks before a new machine appears on our doorstep. Doubles as my first appliance too!

We did have a look at John Lewis but they didn't have what we wanted. In addition to that, the markup on some models was insane.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

8 minutes ago, richardmorris said:

Buy one from John Lewis and they will take the old one away ( for a fee though ).

the last dead washing machine we had got dragged out in to the back alley.

within no time at all, a couple of hours, tops, it had disappeared, as if by magic.

and even better, no money changed hands!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 hours ago, SRi05 said:

Samsung's own browser is excellent. I own a Xiaomi now and downloaded it as it's dark mode is the best of any browser I've used

True, it was neat and easy. I might use it again, I can't get used to Chrome and though I swear by Firefox on laptop its a bit clunky on mobile.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

36 minutes ago, cort1977 said:

The Passat of a few shiters passed the MOT today, one advisory on a lower suspension arm.  Can live with that.

There is more than one Passat of several shitters, how many other car types of several shitters that are several different individual cars are out there? A few I imagine. Maybe that's a whole thread on its own 🤣

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 hours ago, cort1977 said:

My one is ex @Lacquer Peel and used to belong to @Burnsides grandad. I think.

Yes, is yours the saloon with artistically painted bonnet? I've seen that thread before.

Mine is from @cpjitservices @Floatylight @Unclefester @leanycan.

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

11 hours ago, Fumbler said:

As the machine was insured by my grandparents, we thought it prudent to go the insurance route. They send a teccie from the manufacturer, teccie pronounces the machine dead or repairable and reports to the insurers. Insurers replace and take away for free.

We bought a (very affordable) second hand 2013 AEG for the interim because we could be looking at several weeks before a new machine appears on our doorstep. Doubles as my first appliance too!

We did have a look at John Lewis but they didn't have what we wanted. In addition to that, the markup on some models was insane.

John Lewis are a rip off for appliances. Simply shop around as there are loads of providers. AO, Marks Electricals, Appliance Direct, Currys to name a few.

Personally I always choose AO as their customer service has been second to none. Even have a 100 day return service where you can return unused items for free. If used, then they still offer 50% of what you paid if returning because you don't like it.

 

10 hours ago, Ghosty said:

Bosch all the way for appliances in my experience. 

Cheaply built shit that has cost down as much as they can, I've found. They don't even get a decent warranty either. Only good thing is that parts are readily available. 

Samsung for me. Pretty much everything they sell comes with at least a 5 year warranty. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...